Subaru Won’t Run Right After Dead Battery

The battery on a 2000 Subaru Legacy got drained due to an error on the part of the vehicle owner. Now, it stalls out after a start. Michael from Utah provides this quick case study, relaying how he resolved the problem in a very non-intuitive way. Awesome sleuthing and well…

Benefits of a Diagnostic Game Plan

In these pages, we have emphasized the importance of having a diagnostic plan when it comes to resolving intermittent electrical system faults. As the experts state time and again, it saves time, money and you are far less likely to throw a part at a problem that wasn’t needed. This…

Spinning Key is More Than it Seems

Most of the time when we reference a no-start situation, it is in the context of an electrical system problem, such as a defective battery, poor ground connections or other problem with the movement of electrons through the system. Often, resolving such no-start issues involves a game of detective work.…

Understanding the System Spells Successful Diagnosis

One of the recurring themes of the articles we have published over the past several years is the growing complexity of today’s electrical systems and the need to understand the specifics of the system in the vehicle you are diagnosing. Most of the old assumptions, such as typical alternator output,…

A No-Start Issue of Strange Origin

Today’s iATN spotlight is focused, like many we have spotlighted in the past, on an intermittent no-start issue, this time on a 2012 Ford. Unlike previous examples, this one did not originate with faulty wiring or a defective component. Diagnosis was further complicated by the fact that the problem did…